Autumn Daffodil

Sternbergia candida | Also known as: Autumn Crocus | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Producing a truly beautiful, pure white blossom each spring, sternbergia candida is one of the most talked about bulbous flowering garden plants around. In truth, it is quite rare to find, so they are highly prized. Known as the autumn daffodil, its thick, narrow, grey-green foliage grows like stems directly from the ground in winter. Its lightly scented flowers are stunning to view, with six oval milk-white petals with yellow-tipped stamens in the centre. The autumn daffodil hates winter wet or harsh cold, so growing under glass is preferred. Transplant in summer to well-drained soil in a sheltered area. Perfect for beds, borders and rockeries.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.8 - 0.15
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-10
Heat zone
  • H10-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 180
  • well-drained
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Bulbs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Rock garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years